RUTLAND— Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s. It is ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
Rutland Regional Medical Center is inviting the community to attend three free Alzheimer awareness seminars that provide information on detection, causes, risk factors, legal and financial planning and effective communication strategies.
On Aug. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., the series begins with The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease” Dr. Walter Gundel, M.D. and Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator will present information on the facts about Alzheimer’s and dementia, its causes, risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and resources available.
Aug. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Dementia Conversation. Melissa Squires, Alzheimer’s community educator will talk about the important and frank conversations families must have around issues like physician visits, legal and financial planning when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Aug. 31, 6-7:30 p.m., “Effective Communications Strategies” with Pamela Biedler, Alzheimer’s Association director of programs and outreach, will discuss the critical role communication plays throughout the Alzheimer’s journey. Hear interviews from professionals and caregivers who will share valuable tips on how to communicate with someone suffering from this disease.
All classes will be held at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen St. in Rutland. Each one is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.
Pre-registration is required by calling 802-772-2400 or visiting rrmc.org/classes-events/community-education-wellness/.